By Paul McLeary Feb 28, 2007 at 04:00 PM
There comes a time in the life of most every publication when it runs into some ethical quandary concerning the... More
By Christina Hernandez Feb 28, 2007 at 03:34 PM
Today bloggers welcomed back Bob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was seriously injured while reporting in Iraq, with tears... More
Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa — but viewers who still want their fix of anti-American mayhem can continue to watch the channel’s offerings.
By Lawrence Pintak Feb 28, 2007 at 01:44 PM
Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa, the controversial channel controlled by Iraq's Sunni insurgency, but it is still... More
On the whole, stories from the last six months have not treated the essential question about Guantanamo: Who is there and why?
By Gal Beckerman Feb 28, 2007 at 12:24 PM
The editors of the New Republic tout a story by Jeffrey Rosen on the cover of this week's magazine, a... More
Each time Maria Bartiromo reports on Citigroup, rightly or wrongly, the knot of questions she has not answered become newly relevant.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 27, 2007 at 06:06 PM
Yesterday afternoon Maria Bartiromo scored a "CNBC exclusive" with Sanford Weill, the former Citigroup chairman and CEO, the news of... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 27, 2007 at 03:05 PM
Like NFL coaches who always seem to land with another team no matter how many bad decisions they make, some... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 26, 2007 at 04:52 PM
The frenzied speculation surrounding Chrysler's future has not let up. In an e-mail to employees last Wednesday, Chrysler Group CEO... More
One thing is certain about the claims that Iran is supplying Iraqi terrorists: we haven’t even begun to grasp the full story.
By Paul McLeary Feb 26, 2007 at 03:07 PM
In an important bit of reporting about Iraqi roadside bombs and the Bush administration's claims that Iran is supplying some... More
By Dan Goldberg Feb 26, 2007 at 01:48 PM
Was the NBA All-Star Vegas weekend a "Perfect Party" or was "Mayhem the Main Event?" Both descriptions were the headlines... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 22, 2007 at 03:26 PM
It's nearly five and a half years since the 9/11 attacks, which was supposed to be the day America woke... More
Some bloggers are assailing the lack of support for the troops, while others see the Post’s series as evidence of the media’s anti-military and anti-war stance.
By Satta Sarmah Feb 22, 2007 at 02:13 PM
Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. has often been revered as the premier medical facility for wounded combat... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 21, 2007 at 05:14 PM
Who's writing the subheds at ABCNews.com? Trolling the news site today, I came across the lively headline "Speculation Swirls About... More
A BBC article today outlined a U.S. contingency plan for attacking Iran, leaving bloggers sarcastic or spooked, but not surprised.
By Christina Hernandez Feb 21, 2007 at 03:42 PM
A BBC News article today outlined a U.S. contingency plan for attacking Iran -- one that would include air strikes... More
By Gal Beckerman Feb 21, 2007 at 02:25 PM
It's kind of disconcerting -- or should be -- to see Tony Snow, the president's press secretary, sitting snuggly, legs... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 21, 2007 at 02:21 PM
The job of political journalists is not only to report on Washington, but to discern which way the political winds... More
By Bree Nordenson Feb 21, 2007 at 11:39 AM
On February 10th, a Latin American NGO devoted to press freedom inexplicably awarded Cuban leader Fidel Castro a medal for... More
With the 2008 campaign under way, the press’s attempts to shoehorn the candidates into simplistic narrative frameworks have begun, too.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 20, 2007 at 12:20 PM
With the 2008 campaign under way about six months earlier than usual, the press's awkward attempts to shoehorn America's most... More
Anything that borders on censorship will rile up bloggers, and the controversy over a children’s book that uses a touchy word has done just that.
By Dan Goldberg Feb 19, 2007 at 01:44 PM
Somebody call George Carlin and tell him there's an eighth word to add to his list. Yep, "scrotum" has set... More
The press, like government officials, has had no immunity from the newly coined “Iraq Syndrome” — and that is a positive development.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 16, 2007 at 04:21 PM
We wish we had come up with the expression first, but it was only a matter of time before someone... More
It takes a talented writer to paint Michelle Malkin as the voice of reason, while portraying some liberal bloggers as violent, racist, knuckle-dragging misogynists out to destroy her.
By Paul McLeary Feb 16, 2007 at 03:45 PM
It really takes a talented writer to paint conservative commentator Michelle Malkin as the voice of reason, while at the... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 16, 2007 at 03:12 PM
Unless you live and breathe in the sometimes-provincial world of Capitol Hill, you might not have heard of a trivial... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 15, 2007 at 04:40 PM
Chrysler became the latest American automaker to take a big hit yesterday, announcing a "restructuring plan" that will chop 13,000... More
Steve Kroft isn’t the first journalist to ask that question, implicitly or not. But does it even matter?
By Satta Sarmah Feb 15, 2007 at 02:56 PM
Since announcing his presidential bid on Saturday, Barack Obama has faced a barrage of questions, some more relevant than others.... More
By Curtis Brainard Feb 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM
We usually ignore inane network online news polls that ask readers to weigh in on current debates by clicking on... More
However weak-kneed we think our media have been, their questions have grown more assertive, more adversarial, and more demanding over time.
By Tony Dokoupil Feb 14, 2007 at 11:10 AM
By now the idea that journalists failed to sufficiently question the Bush administration's case for war in Iraq, and therefore... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 14, 2007 at 10:35 AM
Be prepared for animal sex, "Sexercise", tales of Viagra and copy that aims for your heart. We're talking, of course,... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 13, 2007 at 02:18 PM
The rules of the not-so-subtle game played between politicians, their aides, and reporters in Washington, as we've seen during the... More
Reading through the Iran weapons coverage today, we found a decent dose of journalistic skepticism, even if it was often not as prominent as we would have liked.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 12, 2007 at 05:47 PM
Media critics were on full alert today with worries that the latest administration claims of Iranian involvement in Iraq, reported... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 12, 2007 at 04:21 PM
In responding to a crisis sparked by a January 30 blog post by William Arkin on washingtonpost.com, the paper's ombud... More
By Dan Goldberg Feb 12, 2007 at 01:33 PM
Harvard announced yesterday the hiring of Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, the first female president in the university's 371-year history. "I... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM
Earlier this month the Globe and Mail published Geoffrey York's report detailing the disastrous effects of the coal industry on... More
Yesterday the cable network provided a promising case study of the perils of reporting business news live.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 9, 2007 at 02:15 PM
At 10:41 a.m. yesterday Lear Corp., an auto parts maker out of Southfield, Michigan, halted trading of its shares with... More
The automaker’s Super Bowl ad depicting an assembly line robot rolling itself off a bridge was apparently a little too close to reality.
By Dan Goldberg Feb 9, 2007 at 12:09 PM
Shame on you, Mike Altman. Your sweet melody promised that suicide was painless. You lied, and General Motors, which trusted... More
The 2008 election is still far off, but the Edwards duo have proven that bloggers themselves can be campaign liabilities.
By Satta Sarmah Feb 8, 2007 at 02:12 PM
The 2008 election is still far off but presidential candidates are already finding themselves ensnared in controversy, as Democratic contender... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 8, 2007 at 01:20 PM
On Monday, I wrote a piece calling for reporters covering the Pentagon and military affairs to start talking about a... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 7, 2007 at 03:46 PM
The last couple days sure have been uncomfortable for some reporters who are trying to keep their sources secret, and... More
The news media and bloggers have jumped on the story of Lisa Nowak’s strange fall from grace: the tainted hero, intrigue and headline puns were too much to resist.
By Christina Hernandez Feb 7, 2007 at 03:33 PM
Astronaut Lisa Nowak soared across headlines in recent days, not for her July shuttle mission to the international space station,... More
A look at the flip side of speculative journalism: analyzing what could have once come to pass, years after the fact.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM
I frequently rail against speculative journalism that goes nowhere. Tuesday, the Detroit News provided an example of the flip side... More
Taking a spin through the British press, we saw some stories that have been receiving scant attention stateside.
By Paul McLeary Feb 6, 2007 at 02:53 PM
For a variety of reasons, we rarely comment on the foreign press. But that doesn't mean we don't read it,... More
For all the column inches expended on the Bush administration’s plan to send more troops to Iraq, one significant aspect of the proposal has yet to be sorted out.
By Paul McLeary Feb 5, 2007 at 03:06 PM
There has been a lot of back and forth in the press about the Bush administration's plan to send more... More
If there is one constant regarding the Super Bowl it is this: Monday morning’s water cooler conversation will invariably involve commercials.
By Dan Goldberg Feb 5, 2007 at 02:15 PM
If there is one constant regarding the Super Bowl it is this: Monday morning's water cooler conversation will invariably involve... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 5, 2007 at 01:30 PM
It's hard to say what journalism loves more, a comeback story or a hot trend. Following the announcement last week... More
In our estimation it was the closest we have gotten, via journalism, to the troops in battle in recent memory. You could feel their helplessness.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 3, 2007 at 01:19 AM
The most shocking, and simultaneously compelling, aspect of the Baghdad dispatch in the New York Times this past Monday was... More
Welcome to the land of inside baseball, otherwise known as the week-old highly touted new Web site, The Politico.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 1, 2007 at 03:30 PM
Do you care about which legislative aide to Senator Carl Levin writes the senator's questions for his Armed Services Committee... More
The paper’s coverage of a dying American soldier is sparking outrage from his family, the Army, and Web scribes.
By Satta Sarmah Feb 1, 2007 at 02:15 PM
The American media have been publishing images of the bloodshed in Iraq for almost four years, but a recent New... More
Out in the desolate southwestern corner of New Mexico, a small newspaper in a small desert town died today.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 1, 2007 at 12:30 PM
Out in the desolate southwestern corner of New Mexico, along I-10 halfway between El Paso and Tucson, a small newspaper... More
Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star
Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily
Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics
Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance
The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”
“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”
“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”
“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.